Cosy Autumn Comforts

I am always waiting for Autumn to arrive. I’m not built for Summer and the cooler, brisk Autumn days are simply a joy to behold. They’re also full of warmth and it gives a nice juxtaposition to the season which I find very appealing.

The rich orange, red and yellow colours of the changing leaves, the crunch of shells beneath my feet, the kids running up and down one of nearby roads collecting conkers, the history of big events like Halloween and Bonfire Night… It’s really beautiful to me and especially living in a semi-rural village, that natural beauty is everywhere.

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However, we did not come here for an exposé on why I love Autumn (it will, no doubt shine through). We came here for some of my personal comforts that I reserve for this time of year because they are a match made in heaven!

Hot Chocolate

I love hot chocolate. Done with milk and not water (yuck), it is one of my favourite drinks. When it is creamy, rich, and swirly in the mug, it is almost decadent and I can’t think of anything better than savouring it with a book, relaxing on a comfy chair, next to a crackling fire. It also feels all the more indulgent with a dog or two (or whatever pets you may have) at your feet. It just screams autumn!

Homemade carrot and coriander soup.

I love soup at this time of year but carrot and coriander is my favourite for the flavours and the warmth that just radiates from it. I always make it big batches too so I can keep some in the freezer for those days I just don’t fancy cooking.

ALL the crochet blankets

Particularly when they’re blankets I’m making in one go rather than sewing squares together. I get to a certain point in the process of the blankets when they’re big enough to cover my knees and I love it so much because it keeps me warm whilst I’m making it. It’s too uncomfortable to make blankets like these in summer so it is perfect to leave them until autumn when the weather is cooler and the warmth is cosy rather than stifling. It is also the epitome of autumn and it is just going to be absolutely beautiful!

Listening to all the Halloween content from Disneyland Paris.

Like most of France, I’m not that big into Halloween as a celebration. I prefer the traditional Harvest celebrations that we have and I’ve loved since childhood, and I really like the fact Disneyland Paris takes that as inspiration for their seasonal celebration. Yes, the villains are also front and centre for the spooky, supernatural side to Halloween and they are a main draw for people, but it’s not what captures my attention. I could listen to this soundtrack and the song “Vive la Vie” all day, and when I’m not, I will sing it everywhere in the house because I love it. It’s incredibly catchy and brightens up a dull day.

Plus, it is Disney and when is Disney not one of my go-to comforts?

All the atmospheric, possibly supernatural, creepy books.

A lot of people I know in the online book community always save certain books for each of the seasons like cute, fluffy contemporaries for Summer or those set in cold, mystical forests for Winter. As a mood reader, I can be all over the place with what I read and when, but in Autumn I do find myself gravitating towards creepy, atmospheric books. In fact I’m in this mood at the moment and there is a lot of internal excitement about all the mysteries and spookiness I can consume in these few months.

What are your Autumn comforts? What makes this season special for you?

Published by Emma

I'm Emma, a reader and book blogger from NW England. When I'm not exploring fictional worlds or dreaming of owning Belle's library, I'm working on a never-ending pile of crochet projects, listening to Disney music, or watching Good Witch for the millionth time.

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